Batteries

Google Pixel phones with Android 11 get a new battery health feature

Google Pixel phones with Android 11 get a new battery health feature

Battery life has become a major concern for smartphone users and manufacturers these days. While we wait for huge leaps in battery technology, most have resolved to make charging faster in the meantime. Battery charging, however, isn't a simple matter of turning something on and off like a light switch, and various conditions can actually lead to faster battery life degradation. To help prevent those scenarios, Google is implementing a new feature on supported Pixel phones that caps battery charging at 80% under certain conditions.

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iPhone 12 MagSafe Battery Pack released with reverse wireless charging support

iPhone 12 MagSafe Battery Pack released with reverse wireless charging support

Apple has launched a new MagSafe Battery Pack for the iPhone 12, complete with reverse charging support, snapping on to the smartphone's magnetic accessory system for on-the-go top-ups. The $99 battery relies on the rebooted MagSafe system which Apple launched alongside the iPhone 12 late in 2020, though it's not the first time we've seen an add-on battery that clings to the back of an iPhone.

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Bluetti AC300 and AC200 MAX modular portable power stations deliver flexibility

Bluetti AC300 and AC200 MAX modular portable power stations deliver flexibility

There seems to be an abundance of portable power stations these days coming in all shapes and sizes. While the different competing brands offer a wide variety of options, they all come with fixed sizes and capacities, burdening the buyer with making a hard decision upfront. Bluetti, however, has been pioneering different systems that let owners connect two power stations together. It is taking that flexibility to the next level with the AC300 and AC200 MAX Portable Power Station systems that give you the freedom to select how many Battery Packs you want or, if needed, even double the maximum power output to run a whole house off the grid.

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Albemarle opens a Battery Materials Innovation Center in North Carolina

Albemarle opens a Battery Materials Innovation Center in North Carolina

Albemarle certainly isn't a household name, but it's a major US-based producer of chemicals, particularly those used in the production of lithium batteries. Lithium batteries are key to all manner of electronic devices and are particularly critical for electric vehicles. The company has announced that it opened a Battery Materials Innovation Center (BMIC) and its Kings Mountain, North Carolina site.

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GM just cut a big deal to tackle EV’s dirty secret

GM just cut a big deal to tackle EV’s dirty secret

GM plans to use US-sourced lithium in its next-generation batteries for electric vehicles, tapping a new - and potentially less environmentally damaging - supply for the essential but controversial metal. Lithium batteries are a key part of EV expansion, both for GM and indeed all automakers looking to electrification, but the rare metal has some significant drawbacks along with it.

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Volvo plans 560 mile EVs from mid-decade: Electric roadmap

Volvo plans 560 mile EVs from mid-decade: Electric roadmap

Volvo expects its electric vehicles to get close to double the range with its third-generation 800V battery architecture, though that's unlikely to arrive until the middle of the decade the automaker says. Before that, Volvo plans to transition to its second-gen EV platform, beginning with the new Volvo XC90 SUV which is expected to debut in 2022 along with a bevy of new electric and autonomous features.

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A new EV “gigafactory” is coming, but Tesla isn’t building it

A new EV “gigafactory” is coming, but Tesla isn’t building it

If electric vehicles are to gain the sort of traction automakers have in mind, they'll need plenty of batteries, and plans for a new "gigafactory" for EV cells could help deliver that. Volvo is inking a deal with Swedish battery specialist Northvolt for more sustainable power cells, earmarked for future Volvo and Polestar cars and SUVs.

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Porsche reveals its plan for batteries fit for an electric supercar

Porsche reveals its plan for batteries fit for an electric supercar

Porsche is backing a new, high-performance battery cell startup, Cellforce, a joint venture that will produce EV power packs fit for a supercar. The investment - described by the automaker as "a high double-digit million amount" - will help deliver what's basically the epitome of quality over quantity in EV batteries.

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Polestar just found itself a huge potential EV partner

Polestar just found itself a huge potential EV partner

EV-maker Polestar has inked an agreement with South Korea tech firm SK Inc, with the two companies exploring co-development of performance electric vehicles and new battery systems. Polestar, a collaboration between Volvo and Geely, currently has one all-electric model on sale, though the Polestar 2 will be followed by an electric crossover, the Polestar 3.

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OtterBox’s new Xbox controller battery pack prevents interrupted gameplay

OtterBox’s new Xbox controller battery pack prevents interrupted gameplay

OtterBox has a new accessory for the Xbox Wireless Controller that'll help players avoid interrupted gameplay when their batteries run low. Called the OtterBox Power Swap Controller Batteries, this new power pack features quick-release tech so that users can quickly pop the power pack out using one hand and then pop another into the controller in its place.

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Galaxy Watch 4 charger might not be included in the box

Galaxy Watch 4 charger might not be included in the box

Although Samsung's smartwatches have always been popular in their own right, the Galaxy Watch 4 has become even more anticipated since Google I/O 2021 last month. It was there that the collaboration between the two companies was officially announced which would lead to the two's wearable platforms eventually becoming one. That the Galaxy Watch 4 will run Wear OS could already be enough reason to get excited but some bits of news might leave some a bit disappointed in what Samsung might be cutting out in return.

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Goal Zero Yeti 1000X is a home battery you’ll want to take on roadtrips

Goal Zero Yeti 1000X is a home battery you’ll want to take on roadtrips

Mobile power specialist Goal Zero has revealed its latest beefy battery, with the Yeti 1000X Portable Power Station aiming to satisfy camping and emergency use alike. Its front panel packs 120V AC outlets capable of powering medium to large appliances, while there's also solar support for recharging.

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